Add these Cincinnati Black events to your calendar.
Cincinnati has an amazing arts community. For a city of our size, we can experience the opera, symphony, ballet, theater, museums, choral music, modern dance and a variety of other art forms. We are also very fortunate that African-American artists routinely display their talents right here in the Queen City.
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Two Trains Running
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
March 2 – 30
Part of the American Century Cycle, this August Wilson Cincinnati premiere paints a compassionate and unforgettable portrait of ordinary people in the midst of transformation. Use promocode TRAINSVOBC to receive half-price tickets.
Classical Roots: International Women’s Day
This always uplifting concert celebrates the richly diverse African American musical experience, writ large with the power of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Bringing together 150 singers from churches throughout the region, Music Hall is filled with glorious, powerful sound. Ticket prices range from $14 – $55
Just A Kiss Away featuring Lisa Fischer
March 9 – 10
Lisa Fischer, best known for her years of touring with The Rolling Stones, joins the Cincinnati Pops for a powerhouse program that reimagines the music of Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Sting and more with her signature style of soul and groove. Ticket prices range from $25-$105.
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In the Heights
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
January 19 – February 17
Set to a hip-hop and Latin-flavored score and featuring high-energy choreography, In the Heights captures the vibrant spirit of a tight-knit, New York community. Click the link for more information about the production and $10 Tuesdays!
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
January 23 – February 16
August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning drama tells the story of Troy Maxson, a one-time star of the Negro baseball leagues who now works as a garbage man, holding court and expounding on life from the chair in his backyard. The ticket price is $57. Click the link for more information.
Valentine’s Love Jam
U.S. Bank Arena
For Valentine’s Day, some would say the real kings of R&B will be in town. Secure your seats to see Tyrese, Avant, Dru Hill, 112, and Next. Ticket prices range from $39 – $125 and are available to purchase online. Click the link for more information and how to get discounted tickets.
February 19 – March 10
Experience the blends of hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B in this musical that everyone has been talking about. Single ticket prices range from $65 – $195 and can be purchased by visiting The Aronoff Box Office. There is a maximum purchase limit of four (4) tickets per account for the engagement. Click the link for more information and how to get $10 tickets!
2019 Cincinnati Ques Mardi Gras
This year the theme is Wakanda Forever! General tickets for this event are $75 and VIP tickets are $125 and can be purchased online. Click the link for more information.
An Adam Experiment: The Life of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
This one-man play that explores a day in the life of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., a pioneering crusader for justice during the Civil Rights movement and member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Tickets are $25 and discounts are available. Click the link for more information.
Prince Experience Tour
Gabriel Sanchez and his band are celebrating the late music icon’s career by recreating his iconic performances on stage. The show will begin at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $15 and discounts are available. Click the link for more information.
Lil Rel Comedy Show
Liberty Funny Bone
March 1 – 3
He is known for saving lives in thriller movies Get Out and Bird Box. Now it’s time for him to save yours, with laughs! Tickets prices for this event are $25 – $35. Click the link for tickets and information you should know about the show.
Three-time Grammy award-winning artist, Nelly, will be bringing the heat. This concert was originally scheduled November 2018. Tickets for this event are $22 – $100. Click the link for more information.
Take 6 Tour
The Take 6 Iconic Tour gives you the listening pleasure of six virtuosic voices united in crystal clear harmony, against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements, and funky grooves that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop. Tickets for this event are $35 – $48. Click the link for more information.
Boney James Jazz Concert
Four-time GRAMMY Award nominee and multi-platinum musician Boney James announced his Honestly Tour Spring 2019, named after his latest album. Click the link for more information.
Hip-hop meets classical violin when nationally-acclaimed band Black Violin makes its much-anticipated return to the Queen City. Click the link for more information.
Music of Whitney Houston
Cincinnati Music Hall
The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and Conductor John Morris Russell present The Music of Whitney Houston. Click the link for more information.
Funny As Ish Comedy Tour
U.S. Bank Arena
Warning! Do not wear clothes that are too tight because you may just burst out at the seams! Mike Epps, Ricky Smiley, Sommore, DC Young Fly, and Lavell Crawford will be hitting the stage at U.S. Bank Arena for the Funny As Ish Cincinnati Comedy Show. Tickets prices range from $56 – $129. Click the link for more information.
Cincinnati Music Festival
Paul Brown Stadium
July 25 – 27
Mary J. Blige and Maxwell have just been announced as the headliners. Tamia, Earth Wind and Fire, Kid Capri and more will be hitting the stage. Tickets are not on sale yet but will be in early 2019. Click the link for more information.
Porgy and Bess Opera
July 27 & 28
For only the second time ever, Cincinnati Opera will present the Gershwins’ great American opera love story Porgy and Bess. Tickets start at $35. Click the link for more information.
Carlos Santana Supernatural Tour
Riverbend Music Center
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Carlos Santana has announced he will hit the road with his band across North America this summer for the Supernatural Now tour featuring the Doobie Brothers. Ticket prices range between $32.75 – $346.50 and discounts are available. Click the link for more information.
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